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Johnstown Mayor speaks about conflict with city Water Board

Johnstown Mayor speaks about issues with city Water Board JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson is angry at the way the city is being portrayed in its dealings with the city Water Board lately, pointing to Fulton County grand jury reports as evidence the board should be held more ...

Ogden Newspapers offering $1M in matching grants for area businesses

GLOVERSVILLE — Area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Leader-Herald, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Fulton County Board of Supervisors suspends committee meetings next week

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government has, and will continue for awhile, to alter the way it is doing business. “We’re doing a lot by email,” county Administrative Officer Jon Stead said Thursday. The Board of Supervisors office on Friday issued a news release announcing that the ...

More than 80,500 apply for benefits

Last week, more than 80,500 people filed initial claims for unemployment in New York, an increase of at least 284 percent in each of New York’s 10 labor market regions, according to the state Department of Labor. From Monday, March 16 to Saturday, March 21, the state DOL received more than ...

GJSD back to school message may not happen

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District Interim Superintendent Karen Geelan on Thursday morning sent a message to district residents cautioning that the classroom shutdown in the city may be lifted by Wednesday. But she told The Leader-Herald that afternoon that she’s still not sure ...

YMCA daycare appealing licensing issues

JOHNSTOWN — More details are being released by the state related to what it calls the “pending revocation” of the Fulton County YMCA Playmates Day Care license. In a recent interview, YMCA CEO Christopher Defibaugh said his facility is legally fighting the revocation. The daycare was in ...

Counseling center opens ‘warm line’

GLOVERSVILLE — Amid disruptions to the daily lives of most if not all state residents while temporary restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus remain in place, the Family Counseling Center has launched a free “warm-line” call-in service to assist locals experiencing worry, anxiety ...

Mont. County has 6 cases of COVID-19

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Montgomery County now has six positive COVID-19 virus cases as of Thursday morning. Representatives from the Montgomery County Public Health Department, along with County Executive Matt Ossenfort gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in a Facebook live video on ...

4 teens charged in graffiti incident

AMSTERDAM — Four juveniles were identified as the alleged suspects in the investigation in an incident that involved offensive graffiti being sprayed on an overpass in the city’s southside in the area of lower Daniel Street and Florida Avenue. According to a news release, two ...

Homeless man was Tased by city police

AMSTERDAM — A man who is homeless in the city was arrested by Amsterdam police on Saturday on assault and burglary charges after allegedly trespassing on a commercial property and striking the owners. Tyrone B. Watson, 21, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, ...

City, water board still at odds

JOHNSTOWN — City government and the city Water Board are still at odds over the water superintendent position the board is trying to fill with Dale Trumbull. He was hired by the city Water Board and started March 9 as the city of Johnstown’s new water superintendent. The board action was ...

GJSD holds virtual public hearing

JOHNSTOWN — About 15 to 20 questions were asked during the Greater Johnstown School District’s public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed building reconfiguration. Board President Christopher Tallon said it was the district’s “first-ever” virtual hearing, shown online with people ...

Dealerships also hit hard by ‘social distancing’

JOHNSTOWN — The impact of coronavirus on the area’s car dealerships has already been severe, as layoffs and hardship has quickly become a reality. The American public is suddenly not buying vehicles, as social distancing comes into play with Fulton County’s dealers. The state has shut ...

Sewing with a passion to help

GLOVERSVILLE — A Gloversville woman who works at Nathan Littauer Hospital is putting her heart where her mouth is. Stacey White, in her spare time, is making cloth designer-type masks to help stop the spread of coronavirus. In exchange, she doesn’t want personal payment, but wants people ...

Food distribution planned

AMSTERDAM— Representatives in the city are trying to help the residents in the best way they can since many local businesses and restaurants have closed, causing many to work from home, or lose their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak creating a greater need for food. The city of Amsterdam ...

Diplomas offered for local veterans

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Enlarged School District is seeking out local veterans who qualify for Operation Recognition, a program created under state Education Law that allows school districts to issue local diplomas to military service members who left school without ...

Cancellations

The following is a list of area cancellations due to concern over the virus COVID-19. This is a work in progress and will be updated daily: Events ∫ The Resource Center for Independent Living is postponing the chair yoga for caregivers event, originally scheduled for today, due to the ...

A Rainbow After The Storm

MOHAWK VALLEY — To help spread happiness and positivity throughout the local community during this time of isolation and social distancing, thousands of people across the globe are taking part in the #518RainbowHunt movement. The Rainbow Hunt is a movement in which community members across ...

Board of Elections seeking voting delay

JOHNSTOWN — The two Fulton County Board of Elections commissioners are in step with their counterparts calling on a delay in the state’s election process because of the coronavirus outbreak. Republican Commissioner Lee Hollenbeck said Tuesday he and Democratic Commissioner John Zawadzki ...

GJSD gives nod to paid leave

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education approved three resolutions to benefit district employees during absences due to the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday night. District officials met in special session, once again in virtual fashion over the internet, to ...